Bare stone walls, then walls covered with great sheets of a surprisingly thick and IMG_9852tough “membrane” from roof to ground floor, battened with wood and topped with silver-backed dry board have now been skimmed with plaster so smooth.

It was a stark frigid room with the white stains of damp, peeling vinyl tiles on the floor, an unwelcoming old fireplace long gone cold. Then a building site with piles of stones and old soot. Home for a concrete mixer and shovels.

Now, hey, this could be a cozy lounge yet.